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Discrimination in Florida



Certain groups—such as minorities, older Americans and women—have historically been the victim of unfair treatment in the workplace. In response, the federal and Florida governments have made it illegal to discriminate against protected classes in the workplace. If you think you're the victim of job-related discrimination, talk to an employment attorney or discrimination lawyer as soon as possible. You have a limited amount of time to file a legal claim.

Federal & State Anti-Discrimination Laws

What is discrimination?

Discrimination occurs when a group of people are treated differently and unfairly based on a defining characteristic. In the workplace, employees and job applications should be judged based on their abilities and not based on factors that have nothing to do with job performance.

A variety of federal and Florida rules outlaw different types of discrimination in the workplace. For example:

  • The Age Related Discrimination Act bans discrimination against workers 40 and older
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities
  • The Equal Pay Act requires employers to pay men and women the same amount for the doing the same work
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin

Other laws make it illegal for employers to discriminate based on genetic information, pregnancy and marital status.

If you think you've been the victim of employment discrimination, then your next steps are to hire a discrimination attorney and file a claim with the Florida Commission on Human Relations. If the discrimination occurred in Florida, you must file your claim no more than 365 days after the discrimination occurred. (That time period may be shorter in other states.) After the commission investigates your claim, you may be able to sue the company in civil court.

Find & Hire Local Florida Discrimination Attorneys

Attorneys.com can help connect you with discrimination lawyers and employment attorneys across Florida. Call us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page to use our free lawyer referral service. Whether you live in Tampa, Jacksonville, Miami or elsewhere in the state, we'll quickly match you with an attorney in your area.